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Formula 3: Jehan Daruvala finishes 2nd in Monza

Sahara Force India Academy’s Jehan Daruvala, earned his maiden podium, also the first by an Indian, at the second round of the FIA F3 European Championship. Earlier in the weekend, Jehan had created history by becoming the first ever Indian to qualify on pole in the highly competitive series, considered as one of the most important stepping stones to F1.

Jehan had a good start from pole, and entered the crucial first corner ahead of British racer Jake Dennis. Jehan made no mistakes in the first few laps and quickly opened up a gap of over 2 seconds to the chasing pack. Behind Jehan, a bunch of four racers – Dennis, McLaren Junior - Norris, championship leader - Joel Eriksson, and Ferdinand Habsburg were battling hard for second. Numerous changes of position ensued before Norris broke away and slowly started catching Jehan. On lap 15 Norris was right on Jehan’s tail coming around the last corner. The long start finish straight allowed Norris to take advantage of the slipstream from Jehan’s car and overtake him into the first corner.

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Valtteri Bottas wins Russian Grand Prix, Ferrari grab double podium finish

Valtteri Bottas took his maiden Formula One victory today after jumping the two Ferraris off the start, then edging out Sebastian Vettel in a nailbitting, race-long battle in Sochi. A front row lock-out in qualifying and both cars on the podium at the end of the race, courtesy of Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen finishing second and third respectively in a Russian Grand Prix that was settled in two moments; the start and the final lap.

There was a worrying moment with the need for an extra formation lap, when Fernando Alonso was forced to park his stop his car on track. At the start, Bottas managed to get ahead of Seb and Kimi, who did a good job of fending off Hamilton, in the long run down to the first turn. But the Safety Car was called out immediately following the Palmer-Grosjean collision.

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Vettel takes Pole in Russia, Hamilton down in fourth place

ferrari-A1G5699-media-featThe qualifying session in Sochi ended with an all-red front row for Scuderia Ferrari. Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen will start tomorrow’s Russian Grand Prix from first and second position respectively. Vettel's time was an excellent 1:33.194. while Raikkonen was just marginally behind at 1:33.253.

Ferrari's resurgence meant that the Silver Arrows had to make do with the second row of the grid with Valtteri Bottas claiming P3 with a time of 1:33.289, just 0.095s behind pole setter Vettel. Lewis Hamilton was undoubtedly disappointed at having to settle for P4, with his best time in Q3 being 1:33.767, marginally slower than what he was running in Q2.

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Rossi P5, Advances 13 positions at Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

After a two-week break, the Verizon IndyCar Series traveled to Barber Motorsports Park for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. Alexander Rossi had a tough weekend overall, as the team struggled to find the right set-up. But long meetings Saturday night led to improvement on race day. Through strategy and smart driving, Rossi improved 13 positions to finish P5 in the 90-lap race.

“Based on our starting position, we had to come up with something different,” said Rossi. “We knew we were stopping early, and then it was about how fast we can go while saving fuel. Considering we started 18th, the top five is really good.” 

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Twin podiums for Jehan Daruvala on Formula 3 debut

Sahara Force India Academy racer, Jehan Daruvala had an impressive debut in the highly competitive FIA Formula 3 European Championship. The Mumbai based teenager stepped up to F3, after two commendable seasons in Formula Renault 2.0. Jehan’s first F3 weekend saw him on pace with the front runners and earn himself two rookie podiums.

The first round of the2017 F3 calendar was held at the famed 5.9km Silverstone Formula 1 circuit in the UK.  The weekend started with Jehan eleventh in the first practice but improving significantly to finish third in the second session, just 0.28 seconds off the quickest time. Jehan continued his impressive pace to qualify fifth out of nineteen racers in the first qualifying session. He was 0.28 seconds off the local British racer Lando Norris who bagged pole. Qualifying session 2 saw Jehan narrow down the gap to 0.173 seconds off pole, set by Callum Illot. With such a small gap, Jehan qualified 6th which shows the competitiveness of the series.

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Toyota Gazoo Racing wins at Silverstone

Toyota Gazoo Racing scored a dramatic victory in the 6 Hours of Silverstone after a thrilling opening round of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).

In a race defined by several rain showers, the #8 TS050 HYBRID of Sébastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima earned victory inside the final 15 minutes in front of 50,200 spectators (weekend figure). 

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Sebastian Vettel wins engrossing Bahrain Grand Prix

ferrari-GP-bahrain-vettel-vittoria-media-featFerrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel won the Bahrain Grand Prix, his second title of the three race old 2017 Formula One season on Sunday. Britain's Lewis Hamilton and Finn Valtteri Bottas, both with the Mercedes team, finished in second and third places, respectively. Kimi Raikkonen, also from Ferrari finished fourth, despite encountering a few difficulties. He fought back to finish just off the podium.

Hamilton's race was ruined by a five second time penalty for driving unnecessarily slowly in the pit lane as he battled Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull. Ricciardo ultimately finished in fifth place, an important result for Red Bull, for whom Max Verstappen registered a disappointing DNF.

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